1st ed., 1986. 120 pp., frontis., + 21 other photo-ills & many diagrams & drawings. D.j., 24 x 26cm. FINE. The 'A' class submarine became the culmination of British World War II submarine design, built primarily for operation in the Far East to replace the very successful T boats of 1937. In the years prior to commencing work on the A class, a great deal was heard about the superiority of German submarine design and construction. However, in 1941 U 570 was captured intact and samples of steel from her hull plating analysed and found to be of inferior quality to the British equivalent. Further talk of German U-boat superiority died away. This book describes in great detail every boat in the A class, although its main light is focussed upon HMS ALLIANCE, now preserved in the Royal Naval Submarine Museum, Gosport. The pictorial section contains internal photographic views and close-ups, and in addition there are over 350 three-view and perspective drawings and diagrams. FINE copy.